Location: Abu Dhabi - Earth
Context: Creating and fostering community is everything. It's why I make work. Theater has a amazing ability to bring people together to talk about the world around them and how to improve it, whether through laughter, drama, song or dance. Moving to Abu Dhabi has only strengthened my need to engage people in this conversation. I found Abu Dhabi Choral Group within months of arriving in the UAE, and fell in love. The members of the group are not only smart, talented, and fun, they have expanded my understanding and excitement for Abu Dhabi and have brought this city to life. I came on as the Director this fall, and am extremely proud of the hard work and energy they continue to bring. I'm eternally grateful for their love and support.
The Abu Dhabi Choral Group, now in its 39th season, is a community choir open to any Abu Dhabi resident interested in singing. ADCG is comprised of men and women from all over the world representing 15+ nationalities and languages spoken with talents ranging from first time performers to seasoned veterans.
We are opening the 39th season in the form of an original concept musical revue.
ADCG Presents: MOVE...A Musical Journey
Director / Choreographer: Walter Ryon
Musical Director: Liz Thomas
Producer: Wendy Holloway
"MOVE is a concert. It's a mash-up of our favorite musical tunes. It's a mix of song, dance and some jokes about the art of travel. Its for fans of music, lovers of Broadway and friends of comedy. It's a show for people who have a hard time staying in one place for too long. We talk about travel constantly. We ARE traveling constantly. And what better way to connect with people from around the world? Where are you from and where have you been? In the little over a year that I've lived in Abu Dhabi, I've been fortunate enough to have spent collectively 90+ days living out of a suitcase. Iv'e visited 7 countries on 4 continents - not including Abu Dhabi, which as been the epicenter of it all. This city is a catalyst for experience the world. I constantly hear form people about how their trip away from home has changed their life and their outlook. I changed as a person when I moved to the UAE, as I know many others in ADCG share in the same sentiment. This show is a celebration of that. And most importantly, it's with the music and people that we love."
- Walter Ryon
"The beginning of the 39th season of ADCG started with a level of excitement I have never seen before. Last season we broke all previous records in both ticket sales revenue and attendance. As a result membership has skyrocketed with a total increase of 21% and an almost even make-up of new and returning members. But with such an increase in interest and membership comes a huge responsibility. As a community non-profit group operating in a part of the world that does not widely recognize this kind of business model, it is up to us to approach, teach and cultivate people to understand what we do and why we do it. The secret is - it's not about the music. Sure, it's a common bond we all share. But really it is about a relationship and a sense of community that we make sure undertones everything we do. People join our group because they love to sing, act and dance, but they stay in the group because we take care of each other. We care about bringing in those new expats who do't know anyone in the city. We care about people that may have lived in the Emirates their whole lives and never experience an art form like this. We are a community of people who love living here, love the diversity of the region and this city specifically and love a good adventure. That sense of belonging is hwat makes it okay for members to give up a minimum of six hours per week for rehearsals, and that sentiment spills over to the audience members, inspiriing them to come back. I look forward to seeing familiar faces beyond the stage lights."
- Alana Barraj, ADCG Board Chair